MyoFascial Release Minnesota
Laramee Paradise, CMT
Expert Level Myofascial Therapist

Why Myofascial Release

What is myofascial release?  How do you pronounce myofascial release? This is probably a good place to start, as many people aren’t sure of the answer to either question.

Myo: \my o\ is easy enough to pronounce.  Myo- is a prefix for the word “muscle.” 

Fascial: \fash e al\ is not as easy to pronounce.  Many think the word is facial – relating to the face.  This is not the case.  Fascial relates to the fascia, which is the connective tissue that runs throughout the entire body.  You may be familiar with the term “plantar fasciitis.”  This is the condition where the bottom or your feet hurt.  “Plantar” refers to the bottom of your feet and “fasciitis” refers to inflammation of the connective tissue (fascia) on the bottom of your feet.

So what is fascia all about?  Think of fascia as the web that runs continuously throughout your entire body. This web goes around all your muscles.  When the term “myofascial” was coined, the thought was that the fascia surrounds all our muscles.  Now we are aware that the fascia surrounds not only all our muscles, but also our organs, our blood vessels, our nerves, our bones, down to every cell in the body.  It is actually the outer layer of all our cells, and it is one continuous unit.  (It may be more accurate to say “fascial” rather than “myofascial,” because fascia surrounds every cell in our body, not just the muscles.)  This means if you get hurt in one of your feet, the effect can ripple all the way up to your head or to any other place in your body. 

Let me explain a little about what happens to the fascia when the body is traumatized, overworked or diseased.

Take an example of when a person falls.  The area that is impacted the most, generally gets damaged to some degree and swells up.  What actually swells is the fascia.  It then “heals.” When it “heals” the fascia tightens up a bit and maybe a lot.  You can perhaps think of an area of your own body that tightened after some form of trauma. 

At first, our bodies are able to compensate by using different muscles to keep us going, pain free, such that we may not even realize that we have an issue.

Over time, we have other traumas, each one tightening up an area just a bit, while our bodies compensate.  Those areas may even interconnect.  At some point we reach “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” where the body can no longer compensate and we begin to feel pain is some area, then constant pain along with restricted range of motion.

Myofascial Release Therapy can release those tightness’s. 

This is Why Myofascial Release Therapy.

Anywhere on this timeline of the fascia slowly tightening, we can get it “released” by myofascial release therapy.  Doing this therapy can save us from a lot of pain and suffering and bring us back to a pain free active lifestyle.  It is definitely working for me!  Try it for yourself.


Laramee Paradise, CMT

Expert Level Myofascial Therapist

What is Myofascial Release?
*Myofascial Release is a specialized, hands-on therapy performed in a massage setting.  

*It relieves bodily trauma and tension which can result from such things as car accidents, injuries, surgery, scars, repetitive stress situations, abnormal posture and overwork. 

This therapy addresses the tension in the fascial (connective tissue) system rather than the muscular system of the body.  

*The fascia is an extremely tough tissue that surrounds every muscle, organ, nerve, blood vessel and bone from the outer part of the organ down to the cellular level.  

*Restriction to or binding down of this tissue from traumatic situations causes tension, hard spots, chronic pain, and inhibited and decreased ability to move.  

*The fascia is one continuous web throughout the entire body. 

*Injury to any part of the body can produce painful symptoms in other, seemingly, unrelated parts of the body. 

For example, this can explain why falling on your tailbone can causeheadaches and foot pain.

Myofascial Release and Tissue Memory

Memories of your traumas are not only stored in your brain, but also in your connective tissue (fascia) – thus Tissue Memory. As part of Myofascial Release Therapy, you are encouraged to reconnect with those emotionally traumatized areas.  Returning your consciousness into your body will help dissolve the traumas, giving you relief not only from the pain of the fascial restrictions, but also from the mental anguish that holds them there. For treatment of the whole person, make your appointment now!

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